Cicada Health Tech Hub
Ask an Expert


Welcome to 'Ask an Expert' at Cicada HealthTech Hub – an exciting opportunity for clinicians, researchers, and health tech founders to gain invaluable insights and personalised advice from a distinguished panel of Mentors, Investors, and Funders.

This is your chance to engage directly with industry leaders, discuss your current projects and seek expert feedback on your unique business challenges. Our sessions are designed to connect you with the expertise you need, discover new opportunities that could elevate your venture and learn how to navigate the path to successful commercialisation.

  • Each Ask an Expert session is a focused 20-minute dialogue, tailored to provide you with targeted advice and constructive feedback.

  • We encourage you to come prepared with specific topics and questions.

  • Conveniently offered both virtually and in-person at the Westmead Innovation Centre.
Select your mentor and time, if your time is not available get in contact here to see what we can arrange. 


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Connect with Rebecca Dooley, Senior Associate at Addisons 

Rebecca Dooley, a Senior Associate at Addisons, specialises in legal guidance for startups and investors. Her expertise covers mergers and acquisitions, financing, and corporate governance. With a focus on navigating complex legal landscapes, Rebecca is dedicated to fostering growth and ensuring compliance within the startup ecosystem. Her role at Addisons underscores her commitment to innovation and her significant contribution to the industry.

15 May 2024, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Connect in person with William Hird, Principal Patent Attorney, Davies Collison Cave

William is a patent professional specialising in engineering and materials sciences. His expertise covers drafting, prosecuting, and opposing patent applications, with a focus on mechanical, chemical, and process engineering. His engineering background includes extensive research on industrial biochemical processes, wastewater treatment, and fluid modelling during an exchange program at Ecole National Superieur d’Ingenieur Genie Chimique in Toulouse. 

13 June 2024, 10:00 - 12:30pm

Location: Online or In-Person.
Innovation Quarter Building Level 3,
160 Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead, NSW 2145

Connect in person with Dr Gavin Recchia, Principal Patent Attorney, Davies Collison Cave

Gavin provides strategic advice to clients in relation to their patent portfolios, including advising on aligning IP and commercial strategies, and maximising the commercial value of IP. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications in biotechnology and pharmaceutical related fields, advises on patent validity and infringement, provides freedom to operate advice and conducts patent oppositions.

25 June 2024, 10:00 - 12:00pm

Location: Online or In-Person.
Innovation Quarter Building Level 3,
160 Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead, NSW 2145

Connect with Aaron Cheang, UX Research and Design Consultant at Personix

Aaron is the owner and director of a research and design agency - Personix. He has over 20 years of experience understanding customers, conducting design research and designing products for companies such as Google, eBay, Salesforce as well as within the Australian startup/scaleup sector. His most memorable projects were building a Design team within NSW Health, setting up COVID vaccination centres and a Health Prototyping Centre.


Connect with Prashanth Rajan, Analyst from Brandon Capital

Prashanth will offer you invaluable perspectives on the investment process and how to tailor your approach to meet investor expectations. He will help you learn about what life sciences VCs look for in opportunities, receive feedback on commercialisation strategy, development plans, and commercialisation grant opportunities such as CUREator plus

Brandon BioCatalyst, Australia’s leading life sciences VC, manages over $800 million and actively supports more than 30 companies in therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, and digital health sectors.

Every Thursday morning | 20 minute sessions

About Cicada HealthTech Hub

Located inside Westmead Health and Innovation District, The Cicada HealthTech Hub will be a home to early stage health companies, a space for collaboration and commercialisation activation, and a landing pad for industry seeking solutions to their research and business challenges. Helping to contribute to the vision of making Westmead a world-class innovation district in health and education.

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